Today is National Beach Day

Today is National Beach Day

It is National Beach Day today and I’m heading out in a few hours to get in on the party!

If you’re anywhere near the coast–any coast–I hope you’ll get some sand in your shoes today.

That’s my plan exactly!

The banner photo is of a recent trip to Canaveral National Seashore near Titusville here in the Sunshine State. That’s the closest National Park to me; we never miss a chance to take in its unspoiled beauty.

The photo below was taken at Cocoa Beach, just a bit to the south of Canaveral. I took it about three years ago. When I view this one, I can almost hear the waves lapping at my feet and smell the sea air.

Enjoy your Sunday whether you make it to the shore or not! If you’re only just now hearing about how special this day is, I’ll give you a pass. Just this once.

And if you don’t make it, remember this: you certainly don’t have to wait ’til NBD next year!

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

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Fave Fotos: A Florida Beach in May

Fave Fotos: A Florida Beach in May

Sometimes I take a photo I like so well that it can be good material for a post all by itself.

The banner photo is one of those. It’s from a trip we made about two weeks ago. It was just when beaches became available again.

We didn’t have to get very close to anyone, so be were able to get in a bit of fun in the outdoors without being stressed about our safety. Or anyone’s for that matter.

Cocoa Beach was lovely that day. No surprise there, of course.

Heading back that way soon. With camera in hand…

“Beachdog Ben” Basile

© 2020 Ben Lawrence Basile

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

Back to Canaveral National Seashore Yesterday

Back to Canaveral National Seashore Yesterday

Had a ball yesterday at the National Park that’s the closest to me. Yes, that would be Canaveral National Seashore near Titusville, Florida.

This laid-back sea-side experience is by far the best way to enjoy a trip to the beach. To me, at least!

Such a fine and mellow outing it was. Can’t remember the last time I had that much fun!

My companion for this trip had never seen the Atlantic in that glorious and simplified fashion before; she loved it, to say the least. And we’re going back soon.

We did not miss the tacky beach-side rentals and masses of sunburned visitors at all.

I hope all of you have had an outdoor adventure of your own recently. If not, plan one now and then just DO IT!

“Beachdog Ben” Basile

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Peter Pelican is cruising north

Peter Pelican is cruising north

When I get to the beach with that camera in my hand, I see a lot of gulls. They’re featured very prominently on this blog.

I don’t get pelicans that often. They’re faster than gulls and tend to dive-bomb a lot, so getting good shots of them is not such an easy assignment.

This one’s not so bad. So here is Pete. Yes, he’s northbound. Probably to the Cocoa Beach pier where his odds of finding something good to eat with minimal effort are quite good.

In the meantime, he makes for a pretty good pelican pic.

Thank you, Peter. Happy hunting.

 

Bulldog Ben

 

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The Beach–Good News and Bad News

The Beach–Good News and Bad News

Made my escape today and got to the beach a bit late. A little after 4 this afternoon.

The good news is that I was at the beach!

The bad news is that it was cold. And really windy.

The wind has not been my friend for the last couple of days. We get days like this here in Central Florida four or five times a year and it makes doing outdoor stuff no damn fun.

So now I’m in my fave Starbucks. I generally come here after a beach photo session to do some editing and enjoy the wares. Not much editing this time around…

I’m referring to the Starbucks where SR 520 meets A1A in Cocoa Beach. And, with a latte in one hand and a cookie in the other, I’m fine with this not-so-great beach outing.

What’s that old saying: a bad day at the beach is better than my best day at the office? Yeah, I think that’s how it goes…

Today I had a chance to prove it’s true.

 

 

“Beachdog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

And, yes, that is the actual Starbucks location featured in this post!

 

Good Beach Outing with Lots of Pix

Good Beach Outing with Lots of Pix

I had a really nice trip to Cocoa Beach recently and have quite a few pix I’m happy with. The next major thing for the blog is to get some of my photos from that hike at the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management area. That’s still on.

And shortly after I get those pix up, I’ll have a bunch ready from the aforementioned beach visit.

For right now, I just have to post with this shot. I’ve never been able to get a cruise ship, a pelican and some of Neptune’s quixotic waves to sync up like they did for this fine foto.

Yeah, it was a moment. The gods of photography were definitely smiling on me at that precise instant.

I’ll take it.

It’s so true that we’ve got to seize those moments when they come. That’s not a skill I’ve mastered, not by any means. But I’m working on it. And this shot is one of those little signs that I’m making some progress.

Hope you’re enjoying life and focused on making the most of the opportunities that come your way.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

Bulldog Is NOT On a Disney Cruise Line Ship, but He Just…

Bulldog Is NOT On a Disney Cruise Line Ship, but He Just…

He just caught one passing by on his latest beach outing! Full of happy cruisers of all ages, no doubt! Wonder where Mickey and Minnie’s cabin is on this one!

I have to be frank and say this outing was awful as far as pix are concerned, but I had fun. This is quite likely the only photo from this trip which will ever live off my hard drive… We don’t hit a home run every time we step up to the plate, do we?

Going to watch my Bucs on Monday Night Football from my fave beach hang-out before heading home. That would be Slow and Low Barbecue, of course!

I knew this trip would be a quickie, but I wanted to at least hear it and smell it. The sea, of course! I did. And after dinner and some football I’ll head the wrong way on the Beachline Expressway, get myself home and and try to get one or two light tasks done before the late news rolls around, signaling the start of the bedtime ritual. (Of which Stephen Colbert is an important part!)

And after my eyes fly open sometime around 6:15 tomorrow, I’ll go through another thoroughly mundane day, daydreaming of lazy days spent in the woods or at the shore, scheming some way to rearrange the hours and the dollars coming my way this week into some new configuration that just could result in another outdoor adventure!

When we get the chance to have one of those fabulous forays into the wild or over to the shore, it’s such a cool thing. The longer the stay, the better!

And those three or four hour excursions aren’t so bad. When that’s all I can do, I do it!

Get outdoors, friends! You won’t regret it!

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

My Second Visit to Long Point Camp and Friction Farm!

My Second Visit to Long Point Camp and Friction Farm!

I got back into town six days ago after my return to Long Point Camp in Melbourne Beach. Had a very nice time but didn’t blog about it until now as I’m right in the middle of a move.

Moving is just about my least favorite thing in the whole world. It ranks just below having a root canal but a tad bit higher than throwing up on a crowded bus. And — as you all know well — moving is not just taxing physically and emotionally, it’s always really, really time-consuming. Yuck.

Be that as it may, my return to Long Point was a fine stretch of camping by any standard. The weather was absolutely perfect and I got a chance to see a couple of friends from the world of acoustic music that I don’t get to see very often. That would be Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay, known together in the world of acoustic music as Friction Farm. These two have been delighting lovers of acoustic music for over ten years now and they’re faves of mine.

Staying at one of the coolest campgrounds in the Sunshine State and getting to see Aidan and Christine again — two mighty fine days and a wonderful way to kick off the month of February!

Friction Farm is so darn good that I’m going to devote the next post to their show at Long Point Camp. I booked Long Point for this particular camping excursion specifically to have a chance to hear them and catch up on their musical adventures. Not that one needs a special reason to make a trip to Long Point, but I did want to see Friction Farm again. I’m glad I did.

So, more about the musical part of this excursion in a minute. I’ll wrap this up by saying that I hope you guys are having a splendid month of February and that at least some of you are getting to scratch that outdoor itch!

Back in the apartment and missing Mother Nature, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Fave Fotos – Pete the Pelican Makes a Star Appearance at Melbourne Beach Wednesday

Fave Fotos – Pete the Pelican Makes a Star Appearance at Melbourne Beach Wednesday

Had a very nice time at Long Point Camp down at the very southern tip of Brevard County. Great campground, I’ll be headed back that way before too long.

The only thing I did off the site was hang out for a while at one of the nearby beach access points. Got some photos I really like. This one is my fave. Pete was in rare form.

I may post a few others, but here’s one for you nature lovers.

I  hope your week is going well.

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile

Final Fave Foto: Meet My New Gull Friend

Final Fave Foto: Meet My New Gull Friend

Ol’ Bulldog here has been known as the Gull Whisperer for a while now. I’m often amazed at how well they pose for me, and — as I’ve noted before on this blog — you never have to get them to sign a photo release.

This is a simple shot. I caught her up close. By the time I got her in my viewfinder, I’d had a beer or two and thought I’d rather have another brew than another photo. But I did catch a couple more good ones before I called it a day and wandered off in search of lunch.

Ben, beach, birds and brews; all the elements for a good beach outing!

 

Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile